Children & Youth at Risk
Children and youth represent the hopes and dreams for the future of the world. However, the grim reality is that millions of children and adolescents simply struggle to survive. Child soldiers are forced to act as combatants in conflicts that they do not understand.
Boys and girls work long hours in conditions that exploit their labor at the cost of an education and the joys of childhood. Girls are disproportionately denied education, nutrition and medical care in some societies. The children of refugees often internalize the trauma of violence, flight and resettlement. Sex trafficking is a modern form of slavery.
CBM programs for children and youth at risk acknowledge and respect the dignity and potential of each person regardless of age. We emphasize education, basic health care and the formation of values in order to prepare for the future. The supervised mentoring of trained staff members and local volunteers is often a key component in programs for children and youth. Whenever possible, our Field Staff and partners work with government agencies to maximize resources and impact.